This latest news is a huge blow to the Nats chances for fighting their way to the playoffs. Both Zim and Bryce got seriously hurt sliding headfirst.
Doug Fister and Wilson Ramos are on the road back however. It seems possible that Fister could start a game by about May 7th. Ramos is practicing “lightly.” It will likely take him several more weeks to regain the strength needed to bat with power in game conditions. But he hopes to appear in minor-league games this week.
This is the time for the bench players to step up and show us why they made the roster coming out of Spring Training! I have to admit, after hoping the Nats would trade Danny Espinosa before Spring Training, that he has made me VERY GLAD he is still here! I did not think it would be possible to make Danny a major league hitter, but I was wrong:) I’m impressed with the improved hitting thus far. And we all know he is a gold glove calibre fielder. In fact many of the usual suspects posting on the team website are calling for Danny to REPLACE Ian Desmond at SS!
Late breaking news: Zack Walters has been sent down to Syracuse as well as Taylor Jordan. Ryan Mattheus is back up here. The last time Mattheus pitched well was in 2012; I hope they don’t have to use him in a critical situation. Maybe they want to have him in case they need a “mop-up” pitcher in a game that has got out of hand:) I also hope they bring Souza back.